Thursday, September 25, 2014

DIY Thieves Hand Sanitizer Spray

diy thieves hand sanitizer spray via: how to just about anything

One of my favorite things during the Christmas season was going black Friday shopping. Some years it was with my mom, and others with my friends, but every year we went to the mall to Bath and Body works. I loved just smelling everything!

The hand sanitizers especially were tempting with scents like peach, vanilla sugar cookie and pomegranate. Not only did they smell amazing, but they came in cute travel size bottles!

Unfortunately I now think twice before purchasing a body care product. And hand sanitizer is no longer on my “to buy list.” Most hand sanitizers contain the chemical triclosan.

What’s the Big Deal?

Triclosan is used in toothpaste, soap, mouthwash and pretty much any body care product that boasts antibacterial effects. The problem? Triclosan has NEVER been shown to work as an antibacterial!
Here’s what the FDA has to say about it.

“At this time, the agency does not have evidence that triclosan in antibacterial soaps and body washes provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water.”  FDA

So now that we’ve established it doesn’t necessarily sanitize and kill bad germs, what does it do?

“Animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation. Other studies in bacteria have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.” FDA

It’s important to note that not only did triclosan disrupt hormone regulation in animals, but it was a huge factor in decreasing thyroid hormones. It’s estimated that 12 million Americans have a thyroid problem.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

The BEST Guide for How to Afford Organic and Natural Food

How to afford organic and healthy food without "skip the latte" advice via: how to just about anything

     Anyone who has ever been to the popular grocery store Whole Foods knows that organic and healthy foods can cost an arm and a leg. A $4 box of organic sprouted pasta for two, a $6 jar of organic tomato sauce and a few of those almond flour macaroons that you couldn't pass up along with the rest of the groceries can easily eat up $200-300. And yes I know this because I've done it on several pain inducing occasions!

  So how can someone afford to eat healthy when they're on a budget? Also assuming that said budget doesn't allot 50% of your paycheck towards food. If you're like me you may be sick of hearing the same tips on how to afford better food.
  • That Starbucks coffee you buy everyday costs more than a carton of organic eggs
  • You're willing to spend money on Comcast but not clean food
  • A bag of organic apples costs less per pound than the bag of chips
  • Just bring your lunch to work a few times a week instead of paying the $10 to eat out.
  • Healthy food costs less than getting cancer

     But what if you DON'T buy Starbucks because you can't afford it? And what if you DON'T have cable because it's a luxury you can't afford? And what if you're already bringing packed lunches to work EVERY day?

   Our family has been able to eat healthy foods for as little as $30 a week. Part of that has to do with what resources are available in our area, but these are tips that can be applied to any situation.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Weeks Worth of Real Food Meals in Just a Few Hours

A week's worth of real food meals in just a few hours, without a hassle via: How to Just About Anything

    I absolutely love cooking and baking. Especially the baking. A warm chocolate chip cookie with a cold glass of creamy raw milk is one of my favorite things. Or peach crumble, or ice cream, or a good jambalaya... well, you get the idea.

    What I don't like is all the hours I end up spending making food. Add in doing the dishes, buying the groceries, figuring out what recipes to make with the groceries, and my meal making time is ridiculous. Especially since I'm all about eating real food, no boxes and storebought, premade items.

    So how do you go from that, to real food with minimal time and effort and still have great results?

    I've recently gained access to a few super helpful kitchen tools. Separately they're useful, but by combining the tips and resources offered by all of them, I'm able to maximize my time in the kitchen exponentially.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Essential Oil Wars- what to look for in a company

Which essential oil company is best? How to choose a quality essential oil. via How to Just Anything

    For me it's like the Grinch and Christmas. I stay away from conflict with a 99 and 1/2 foot pole. But sometimes, as I'm increasingly finding out, conflict has to be dealt with.

    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God." As a Christian dealing with sticky and usually unwanted situations, it's my first instinct to avoid or lash out at others in a hurried defense.

     However, there can be no peacemaking without a fight present. And how can we be peacemakers, if we don't stick around to handle the situation in a Godly way? More importantly, those who step up as mediators God calls His children. That is amazing to me!

     When it comes to subjects like vaccines, politics and religion, we all seem to expect a disagreement. Unfortunately it's often an ugly disagreement. When I first became interested in essential oils, I never imagined that it would be a subject that could cause so much dissent, name calling and ill feelings.

So how did all of this start? And why in the world are we fighting over where to buy our essential oils from?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

DIY Mint Chocolate Whipped Body Butter

Mint chocolate whipped body butter via: How To Just About Anything

     One of my favorite things about making my own body care products is that I can customize them exactly how I want. Strawberries in my face mask? I can do that. Lavender essential oil in my oil serum? I can do that too. Tea tree in my facewash for blemishes? Yep, that too.

   Essential oils are a great way to add some pizazz to your body care products, even when you just want them to smell good. Like this diy chocolate mint body butter. It feels so creamy and luscious on your skin. And the mint chocolate scent makes me hungry.

     This isn't one of those fake fragrance oil scents though, made out of who knows what chemicals. Did you know these fragrance manufacturers won't tell you what's in their proprietary blend, in order to keep it secret!?

What you will find in this are pure oils, body butters and essential oils. Here's the breakdown and why it's so good for you.